Into unfamiliar terrain
Monday was an exception to my recent pattern of working close to home, as I had a one-day assignment in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. While I’ve been in Brooklyn countless times I’ve never been in Red Hook, which may not be surprising as it’s a bit out of the way. Getting there was distinctly not half the fun. Leaving home at 5:45 in the morning, it took me about 1:50 to cover the 60 miles to my destination. The trip started out pretty well, with reasonably light traffic on the Long Island Expressway, even in the usually busy spots like around Glen Cove Road. Almost as soon as I crossed the city line, however, things got much worse. Traffic slowed to a crawl and did not ease up until the Woodhaven Boulevard exit several miles away. I seriously do not think I ever went over 15 mph in that stretch. Traffic finally got better after the exit, and except for a slight delay over the Kosciusko Bride it was pretty good on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway too.
Red Hook turned out to be an interesting area. There are a number of Civil War-era warehouses that have been restored and turned into light industrial and commercial space, and there are some spectacular views of the harbor. I also got a good view of three old trolley cars that a local railfan has been trying to restore and return to service. Not much has happened, unfortunately, and the cars themselves look to be in pretty bad shape.
Red Hook is the sort of neighborhood that until recently had been severely run down, unfortunately it still has a very bad housing project, but now has become trendy. Its main drawback, aside from the project, is that most parts of the ‘hood are a long way from the nearest subway stop. If the trolleys ever could get restored they would be a most welcome addition to Red Hook’s transit service. A huge (is there any other kind?) IKEA store right on the waterfront actually has free ferry service to lower Manhattan.
I finished my assignment in the early afternoon, well before rush hour, but nonetheless the trip home took almost as long as the morning’s journey thanks to very heavy rain. Traffic was moving slowly on the Long Island Expressway because visibility was very poor. At a couple of points the overhead electronic signs warned of lane closures due to flooding, but none of them actually happened.
Tuesday it was back to working five minutes away from home, which came as a pleasant change. It was a busier workday than Monday had been, but given the close proximity I didn’t much care. No worries about beating rush hour traffic! At the gym, in the early evening, I did back and leg work. 45-degree leg presses: 10 x 430, 10 x 470, 2 x 10 x 500. SLDL’s: 8 x 175, 8 x 185, 8 x 195. T-bar rows: 8 x 110, 8 x 115, 8 x 120, 8 x 125. Life Fitness seated rows: 2 x 8 x 150.